This column is meant to offer our best predictions on what players will/will not play, as of 8 AM ET on Sunday. For the official active/inactive reports, please see our Latest NFL Player News.
As we enter the final month of the season, the injury report in unsurprisingly robust, and it figures to remain that way throughout December. Week 13 spares no skill position, as each has a fair share of names sporting questionable designations or worse. Furthermore, we have one notable name that hit the injured reserve list this past week, opening up opportunity for a third-year quarterback's first start. With plenty to pore over, let's get to the task of breaking down who appears to be trending toward active or inactive status as of early Sunday morning:
The Bengals' Andy Dalton was placed on injured reserve this past week with the right thumb injury he suffered in a Week 12 loss to the Browns, and the Red Rifle already underwent surgery for his torn ligament. Jeff Driskel, who looked serviceable while completing 17 of 29 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown after coming into last Sunday's game, will make his first career start against the Broncos on Sunday. The Bengals' skill position players naturally see a downgrade to an extent with Driskel under center, but the third-year signal-caller's prospects are brightened by the expected return of A.J. Green (toe) to action Sunday.
The Bears' Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's battle